View Full Version : Easy way To download E-Books from MobileRead


MosFet
06-17-2007, 09:00 AM
Hello,

suppose that someone would like to download all the available ebooks from the E-Books section... should he click on the attachment links from all the pages?

Is it posssible to have all the uploaded books subdivided in few bigger archive files? Or to have these in a ftp folder ?

:shy: :shy: :shy:

HarryT
06-18-2007, 12:49 PM
Hello,

suppose that someone would like to download all the available ebooks from the E-Books section... should he click on the attachment links from all the pages?

Yes, that's right.

Is it posssible to have all the uploaded books subdivided in few bigger archive files? Or to have these in a ftp folder ?

I think this is relatively unlikely to be offered. Few people would, I suspect, want to download everything!

JSWolf
06-18-2007, 01:10 PM
I plan on downloading all the books. And then deciding which ones I want to read.

MosFet
06-18-2007, 01:24 PM
I plan on downloading all the books. And then deciding which ones I want to read.

Yes, me too.

I think that the disk space required to download all is not so much...
so it will be more confortable to dowload everything ... and then decide what to read.

RWood
06-18-2007, 03:16 PM
The main purpose of bundling files for download is that they are compressed to save bandwidth. The Sony LRF files are already compressed and even Harry who provides his books zipped does it for system compatibility rather than size.

Given the great diversity of titles and subjects offered in download at MobileRead, any combination of titles might include a fews that some people would not want to download or read. For example I would most likely have passed on a package of 14 volumes for the Haggard Anthology but easily downloaded the 1st and read it. (I posted very little until I finished all 4 books in it.) Then I downloaded the remainder of the volumes.

With the sort features of the ebook list it is easy to find the rest of a series or other books by the same author. So you have your choice -- take them as they come or pick them up when you're ready to read them.

UncleDuke
06-18-2007, 04:18 PM
I plan on downloading all the books. And then deciding which ones I want to read.

that's the way i do it, grab 'em when you see 'em

yvanleterrible
06-18-2007, 04:28 PM
Aaah! Insatiable Collectomaniasis! :grin:

Roy White
06-18-2007, 08:56 PM
I confess to a Squirrell mentality as well.. Downloading everything that look even slightly interesting. Will actually read....??? Who knows when...

astra
06-19-2007, 06:04 AM
I am very selective at what I download here. Chances that I read anything I download here are very slim. There are so many contemporary books to read before I go backwards and read old ones that...anyway, after using the Internet for 12 years I have learned to restrict myself and download only selected stuff. I hate downloading everything only because I can. Moreover, I am afraid that by the time I will get around to read old books, Sony reader and LRF format will be long forgotten and obsolete :behead:
That's why I download here only the best of the best of the best! (for me :p)

Bob Russell
06-19-2007, 07:07 AM
I'm a convert to the selective approach. I started out by downloading everything (I'm sort of a hoarder by nature).

But then I realized that it was just obscuring the ones I really wanted to read most. I figure I can always come back and look for more, and what made the books most interesting to me was the book blurbs on the post, so I'd come back to the original post anyway.

If it was worth the effort, probably the smart thing to do would be to add metadata to the file for my rating of how much I want to read it, and a description of why it was interesting to me. But that's overkill, so I stick to just downloading the ones that I am tempted to read next. (Even so, that is a lot of books, of which only a few will become the "real" next books I read!)

athlonkmf
06-24-2007, 06:39 PM
well, I don't know how did it, but someone posted a bunch (all) of the books into some newsgroup. I've downloaded them all (about 270MB) which got title slike sherlock holmes haggard, etc. (and I was only interested in sherlock holmes)

I don't know how the copyrights/distribution rights of these books are, but if they're free to host, I can host them somewhere.

RWood
06-24-2007, 08:21 PM
Thanks for the offer; but, many of us feel that they are hosted quite well here at MobileRead.

If the people who created the ebooks want to post them elsewhere, that is their decision. If the titles start showing up on a bunch of sites that might reduce the number of people visiting MobileRead or even joining the MobileRead community. Plus if people start to see ebooks that they have created all over the Internet it might decrease their desire to post new offering at MobileRead.

Some books posted here have copyright notices in them and those are highly restricted as to what can be done with them. They were posted here by the copyright owners themselves and MobileRead has no additional rights on these ebooks beyond offering them for download to members and visitors.

Some books are now bearing a Creative Commons notice as to what can be done with the ebook. The latest installment in the Harvard Classics series has a Creative Commons notice. While the text inside is public domain, the unique presentation is protected.

Many of the ebooks also bear the MobileRead logo. Some on the cover and some throughout the text.

astra
06-25-2007, 04:32 AM
well, I don't know how did it, but someone posted a bunch (all) of the books into some newsgroup. I've downloaded them all (about 270MB) which got title slike sherlock holmes haggard, etc. (and I was only interested in sherlock holmes)

I don't know how the copyrights/distribution rights of these books are, but if they're free to host, I can host them somewhere.


Not all the books in LRF flood posted in the newsgroup were copyrights free ;)
So be careful about what you are going to host.

HarryT
06-25-2007, 05:35 AM
well, I don't know how did it, but someone posted a bunch (all) of the books into some newsgroup. I've downloaded them all (about 270MB) which got title slike sherlock holmes haggard, etc. (and I was only interested in sherlock holmes)

I don't know how the copyrights/distribution rights of these books are, but if they're free to host, I can host them somewhere.

This is not good to hear :(.

The fact that many of us have posted these books here to MR does not mean that they can be freely reposted elsewhere. Please respect the wishes of the uploaders when it comes to redistribution.

astra
06-25-2007, 06:03 AM
This is not good to hear :(.

The fact that many of us have posted these books here to MR does not mean that they can be freely reposted elsewhere. Please respect the wishes of the uploaders when it comes to redistribution.

Some of newgroup's visitors have pointed out to an uploader that if he posts anything from here he must make it known to people about the source of the books. So, we are trying to let other people know about our forum.

JSWolf
06-25-2007, 06:48 AM
Now what we have on Usenet is someone using the ABC Amber Sony converter and converting from the Sony Reader posts into RTF. So now all the books taken from here and posted to Usenet are now poorly converted to RTF.

HarryT
06-25-2007, 06:59 AM
That's just idiotic - they'd be better off with the PG originals!

HarryT
06-25-2007, 07:30 AM
You know, the more I think about this, the more annoyed I am that someone would just take all the books we've so painstakingly created here and "dump" them on Usenet. It just shows a total lack of concern and appreciation for what we're doing here.

I am definitely not a happy bunny about this....

:behead:

astra
06-25-2007, 07:42 AM
You know, the more I think about this, the more annoyed I am that someone would just take all the books we've so painstakingly created here and "dump" them on Usenet. It just shows a total lack of concern and appreciation for what we're doing here.

I am definitely not a happy bunny about this....

:behead:


:knife:
When you have "made" Sherlok Holmes, it was posted in the usenet within a few days. I told you at once about it, but I was not very specific about "where". I just said that your books become famous and start to spread all over the Internet. You said you very happy about :p

I understand your point, though. I will make sure to point out at mobileread forum each time they post books from here.

Frankly speaking it is more convenient to download the books from here because most of the titles in usenet do not have author's name in the file name. Here you can browse by author's name.

NatCh
06-25-2007, 11:20 AM
I don't get it. :no: Why not just link to the original post here? Surely everyone who uses usenet also has regular web access? Why go to the extra trouble of reposting the file somewhere else?

And the ... persons ... who converted them back to RTF .... Now that's just plain dumb. :dunce:

Of course, there is a bit of irony in all of this ... I guess there are folks who will 'steal' (in the sense of taking and not giving credit) even free stuff.

TadW
06-25-2007, 11:23 AM
It's the nature of the usenet... dump anything digital that you find elsewhere, no matter whether it makes sense or not to dump it.

The only good thing is that you cannot google usenet content. People will always come here first so they'll know the source.

yvanleterrible
06-25-2007, 12:53 PM
You know, the more I think about this, the more annoyed I am that someone would just take all the books we've so painstakingly created here and "dump" them on Usenet. It just shows a total lack of concern and appreciation for what we're doing here.

I am definitely not a happy bunny about this....

:behead:

Welcome to being an artist in the Digital World. :(

athlonkmf
06-25-2007, 03:51 PM
It's the nature of the usenet... dump anything digital that you find elsewhere, no matter whether it makes sense or not to dump it.

The only good thing is that you cannot google usenet content. People will always come here first so they'll know the source.

You must have not heard of indexing services like http://www.newzbin.com or gmane.org

JSWolf
06-25-2007, 04:45 PM
What I think is someone who does not have a Sony Reader took the files, ran them through the convert and saved them as RTF and reposted them. Not because the ABC Amber Sony Converter is in essence, not ready for release, they lost ALL the graphics, ALL the italics, ALL the Bold. But what they have though is the corrections and formatting we've done other then what they have lost. So depending on the book and the state it was in when it was formatted, they have gained more then they have lost.

astra
06-26-2007, 04:08 AM
Oh I have not been in usenet for a while and yesterday I saw this lrf->rtf flood :D
It looks like people don't really understand what they are doing. I am sure their intensions are good, but the result is somewhat dubious at least. What is a point of it is beyond me :smack:

BTW., HarryT frankly speaking, I thought you posted Sherlock Holmes in usenet by yourself :D

HarryT
06-26-2007, 05:05 AM
BTW., HarryT frankly speaking, I thought you posted Sherlock Holmes in usenet by yourself :D

No, I didn't, although I would have been happy to do so on request. I have never posted a binary to Usenet, although I am an active participant in a number of text discussion groups.

JSWolf
06-26-2007, 11:37 PM
Oh I have not been in usenet for a while and yesterday I saw this lrf->rtf flood :D
It looks like people don't really understand what they are doing. I am sure their intensions are good, but the result is somewhat dubious at least. What is a point of it is beyond me :smack:

BTW., HarryT frankly speaking, I thought you posted Sherlock Holmes in usenet by yourself :D
The intent is to give other people without a SOny Reader the ability to read the LRF books without having to have a Reader. The result is crappy copies of the work we did. Well, not all will be crappy. But the ones with lots of graphics and attributes (italics, bold, etc) will be crappy.

astra
06-27-2007, 05:00 AM
The intent is to give other people without a SOny Reader the ability to read the LRF books without having to have a Reader. The result is crappy copies of the work we did. Well, not all will be crappy. But the ones with lots of graphics and attributes (italics, bold, etc) will be crappy.

I understand it.

However, most of the sony flood was from free domain anyways, so it is easier to download from website without loosing any formating. A few others books that were not from here, they were posted in RTF with pics, HTML and lit formats in usenet in plentitude, so I still don't see a point of converting lrf to rtf when it is possible to download the same books but original rtf/html/lit with graphics and correct formating. It is just a waste of time.

JSWolf
06-30-2007, 06:55 AM
My guess is that a lot of the people that use Usenet don't know about PG or don't want to bother to takr the time to pick and choose and then have to format.